No. 23 Sagehens Take Control Early, Earn 3-1 Win Over Cal Lutheran

No. 23 Sagehens Take Control Early, Earn 3-1 Win Over Cal Lutheran

Claremont, Calif. - Three different players scored goals as the No. 23-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team built a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-1 win over Cal Lutheran on Wednesday afternoon. 

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 9-2-1 overall and 7-1-1 in the SCIAC, maintaining a two-game lead in the loss column for first place. Cal Lutheran slips to 3-7-2 overall and 2-6-1 in the conference. 

Pomona-Pitzer scored twice in a span of just under five minutes in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Matthew Marvin scored his fourth of the season when he took a pass just outside the box from freshman midfielder Jake Merkle and hit a low shot into the side netting inside the left post to make the score 1-0 at the 20:33 mark.

Just 4:56 later, the Sagehens doubled their lead as sophomore forward Felipe Galvis got to a loose ball 35 yards out and was able to flick a header forward past his defender. Senior midfielder Nathan Shekita ran on to it, and was able to dribble around Cal Lutheran goalkeeper Jack Duncan (play is pictured) and tuck a shot into the empty net at the 25:29 mark. 

Early in the second half, the Sagehens were awarded a penalty kick, and Duncan was able to come up big by saving the initial shot from Shekita. However, freshman forward Peter Rentzepis alertly followed the play and was able to head the ball into the net before Duncan could recover to stretch the lead to 3-0 just 8:32 into the second half.

Just minutes later, Cal Lutheran was able to break onto the scoreboard when Bryan Hulse played a long ball out of the back that found Zack Larson in stride, and Larson was able to flick a shot with the outside of his foot over the head of Pomona-Pitzer Nigel Brady, who had come off his line, and into the net to make the score 3-1.

Larson missed just wide later in the second half, and Brady came up big to save an 18-yard shot from Elmer Molina with just under 10 minutes to play, as the Sagehens were able to hold on the rest of the way.  

Pomona-Pitzer finished with a 24-14 edge in shots and an 8-3 edge in corners, as Duncan had nine saves to keep his team in striking distance. Brady finished with four saves for the Sagehens to get the win.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday for an 11 a.m. home contest against La Verne.